Nurse Jackie Season 5 “Forget It” Review

This week’s episode of Nurse Jackie began with Jackie taking her turn to give Kevin a little grief for interrupting her date with Frank. Like Frank, I found it odd that Jackie lied about how hard it was for her to get a night off, although I’m sure it felt good to make Kevin feel like crap after enduring his seemingly endless barrage of guilt trips and insults.

Finally, we got to the bottom of what was wrong with Gloria. Her forgetfulness was a side effect of a medication she’d been taking to deal with seizures. I enjoyed the moment between Jackie, Eddie and Gloria as she revealed why she couldn’t let people know about her seizures. I couldn’t help but be a little frustrated with the writers’ choice to drag out the mysterious illness for so many episodes. Given Jackie and Gloria’s history of looking out for each other, why didn’t Gloria ask Jackie for help sooner? Oh well, I’m glad that Gloria will be okay.

Carrie actually helped a patient this week. It’s nice to see her finally becoming a productive member of the All Saints staff, however I’d still be very happy if this character did not return next season. I’m not thrilled that the writers have decided to further complicate the tense relationship between Prentiss and Coop by having them sleep with the same woman.

And then there’s Grace . . .

Of course, it was no surprise that Grace was still secretly seeing her douchebag older boyfriend. I was not, however, prepared for the final image of Grace snorting a white, powdery substance. It’s not a huge shock that the writers would explore drug abuse with one of Jackie’s daughters. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Kevin blames Jackie for Grace’s drug abuse.

Like the storyline with Gloria, I feel a bit of a disconnect with Grace’s character this season and the Grace in past seasons of Nurse Jackie. Grace is behaving like a typical teenager at the moment, but I remember watching scenes with her in the past and holding my breath out of fear that she would try to harm or kill herself. The child who used to secretly pull her hair out has now grown into a seemingly well-adjusted normal teenager who rebels against her parents. When and how did this happen?

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